I've had the great pleasure of spending the first six months of my term as Alumni Association president talking with many of you. We've met at gatherings in Boston, Washington D.C., and New York; we've shared memories of the School while getting to know today's SPS students during Alumni Volunteer Weekend and Martin Luther King weekend in Millville, and we've talked by phone and exchanged emails.
Hearing your stories has been invaluable. All of them underscore my enthusiasm for continuing to expand our Alumni Association initiatives to embrace an alumni body that becomes more diverse with each graduating class. The Alumni Association Executive Committee continues its efforts to both strengthen and broaden alumni engagement through initiatives such as XIX Society seated meals and career panels, alumni-student outreach events at the School, an online alumni networking and mentoring platform, young alumni events in college towns, Pelican Network social gatherings, and SPS Sparks community service events.
On April 7, alumni will gather in cities around the world to volunteer in their communities as part of our SPS Sparks Day of Service. Please contact Mae Leonard in the Advancement Office to sign up for a service project near you or plan your own project.
In addition, I hope you will join me at our Annual Meeting on April 17 in New York when we present the Alumni Association award to Lee Cummings Rhodes ’81 and the men of the Form of 1970 who founded SPS Sparks. That evening's program will also include the opportunity to hear an update on school life from Rector Mike Hirschfeld ’85, P’14,’17, and statements from our two candidates for Alumni Fund Chair, Doug Asano ’92 and Bill Bennington ’83.
We are a strong and diverse community, with much to offer one another. I hope to see you at one of our future events. In the meantime, I welcome any and all input you might have.